Jim Ballard is executive director of the Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Before joining the faculty at IU he held the position of associate director of the University of Kentucky Center for Interprofessional Health Education (2011-2016). Additionally, he served as an educationist in the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine. Prior to this, 1998-2011, he held positions as the associate director of the UK Area Health Education Center (AHEC), director of the AHEC Community Faculty Program, and director of the Medical Professions Placement Service. Nationally, he has served as a steering committee member of the Generalists in Medical Education, Co-Chair of the National Area Health Education Center (NAO) Education Committee, and member of the Research in Medical Education (RIME) committee within the AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA). He is a graduate in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and received a Masters of Educational Psychology at UK and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northern Kentucky University.